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And the heavens opened up and the sunshine poured though and coated the land with joy and the whimsical children held hands and sang as one: "Behold! The fourth season of The Simpsons has finally arrived!"
Look pal, what more do you need to know? This season contains a fistful of the all-time greats. Monorails, Camp Krusty, and Choo-choo-choose me! Life, my friends, is good.
Facts of the Case
All 22 episodes from the monumentally great fourth season are present and accounted for, in all their uncut glory. Let's get right to the episodes.
• "Kamp Krusty"
• "A Streetcar Named Marge"
• "Homer the Heretic"
• "Lisa the Beauty Queen"
• "Treehouse of Horror III"
• "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie"
• "Marge Gets a Job"
• "New Kid on the Block"
• "Mr. Plow"
• "Lisa's First Word"
• "Homer's Triple Bypass"
• "Marge vs. the Monorail"
• "Selma's Choice"
• "Brother from the Same Planet"
• "I Love Lisa"
• "Last Exit to Springfield"
• "So It Comes to This: A Simpson's Clip Show"
• "The Front"
• "Whacking Day"
• "Marge in Chains"
• "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
The Simpsons is a show that has transcended the term "show." A pop culture phenomenon, a breeding ground for endless colloquialisms, a zoo of icons, a poignant satire of society, blah blah blah blah blah.
Look, everyone knows about The Simpsons. Revered by many as the greatest thing ever on TV, lauded as a consistently funny exercise in parody and slapstick, The Simpsons has been around forever, and rightfully so.
But like all shows, it took some time to hit its stride. Rarely does a show nail it the first season or two. For the most part, I think that's correct with The Simpsons. I own seasons two and three, and passed over season one. Perhaps I'll be labeled as a faux-fan, but the maiden voyage just wasn't funny enough to call for a purchase. The two subsequent seasons were certainly better, each one getting closer and closer to the unrelenting zaniness I cherish.
With season four, it is here.
What a consistently hilarious season of television this was. It's a high-point for the series, and as such a high-point for television in general.
What separates The Simpsons from all other shows, for me, is way the show delivers utterly gut-busting laughs—the kind of gags that just thinking about them again can lead to fits of laughter. Case in point, the top three killers from this set:
Number Three: Lisa's Braces from "Last Exit to
Number Two: Baby Bart in the Clown Bed from "Lisa's First
Number One: Feeding the Baby Goat from "Lisa the Beauty
Fox has unleashed the kind of set fans have been yearning for. Perhaps they were biding their time with the others, but Season Four is loaded silly with everything a fan could want. Every episode features a commentary track, sporting the likes of Matt Groening, the producers, the writers, the directors, and even Conan O'Brien. These commentaries are so great because everyone is having a great time, joking around, telling inside jokes, then making fun of each other for telling inside jokes on a commentary track, and unloading bales of trivia. It's like being privy to an elite club of funny, funny people.
In addition, the set includes deleted scenes for some select episodes (which are funny by the way), tons of animation/animatic material, and even some promotional stuff featuring Matt Groening opining about his creation.
Lastly are a couple of really interesting featurettes, exposing the truth behind a couple of controversies the series sparked. One, the "Cajun Controversy," addressed the stir created in New Orleans after the raucous musical number based on the city aired in "A Streetcar Named Marge." Second, in "Bush vs. Simpson," producer Jim Brooks recounts the surreal exchange between Barbara Bush and Marge Simpson, and how it culminated in an icy glare from the First Lady. Not to be missed.
The video is crisp and clean and bright, showcasing the many colors Springfield has to offer. The interface is unique and funny (though it did grow tedious having to wait for the animations with every menu selection), and having scene selection within episodes is fantastic. And all of it in 5.1 Digital to boot! Don't expect an audio tour de force, but is certainly beats a mono mix.
Just go buy the #@%&*$% thing!
Duff for everyone! Court adjourned!
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